Over the last year I have struggled with sharing personal info on this blog as well as business related themes. I can be a pretty transparent person in both my business and my personal life and for some people I might be sharing too much information that they don’t care about. I know that some people care about one topic, some people care about the other, and some people (bless you!) care about both.
I have successfully copied ALL business related posts to my consulting company’s blog – Two Kayaks Blog. Going forward, all topics related to management, running a business etc. will be posted on that site. If you want to see travel pictures, garden pictures and learn more about the research that I have done on diet, exercise, and household renovations you will want to keep reading here.
Thank you all for sticking with me for all these years!
Just a heads up that I am currently working on a revamp of this site. I’ll continue to post personal observations here, but I will be moving / copying all of the business related info to my blog over at http://www.twokayaks.com as I continue to update that site. Going forward, that’s where you’ll find business topics if you’re mostly interested in those. I didn’t like that this blog was turning into a strange mix of “stuff” and that it was getting harder and harder to find business relevant topics.
Well, looking back at January it sure has been quite a month for me. I think I’ve had enough excitement to last a full year. Hopefully this isn’t a harbinger of things to come for the rest of 2012. January started off with about 2 weeks of healthy eating and regular exercise. YAY! Now I will follow that with all of my excuses:
- Spent a long weekend in New Orleans. Basically ate and drank my way all over town. I’ve been good, don’t I deserve a cheat weekend (um… how did that turn into 5 days of gluttony, I even ate bread and a biscuit!)? Came home at 137lbs – that sucked.
- Promptly got sick for a week and a half once I got home. Bad diet? Too many cocktails? Air travel? Lots of strangers? Check, Check, Check and Check. Couch, chair, bed… repeat. Ate lots of homemade vegetable soups that I froze earlier in the winter.
- Two day whirlwind trip to Atlanta to help out my dad with some paperwork. Car wreck on the way home – while still 7 hours from home.
- Three days of going to the doctor and sitting around at home recovering from muscle soreness from said wreck. Nothing serious, just some muscular issues inflaming my sciatic nerve.
- Ate half of a large cheese and pepperoni pizza with red wine. I can’t even begin to justify this extravaganza except to say that I survived a scary accident. Yes, I paid for the wheat and cheese and processed meat in triplicate over the next few days.
Now, saying all of that… how did I fare? I’d say not bad, but not what I wanted to see.
Recall from the beginning of the month – 135lbs / 20.9% fat
Now at the end of the month – 130.5lbs / 21.2% fat
Between my waist, hips, and thighs I lost about 4″.
This is a great example of why diet alone won’t work, you need some weight training to maintain muscle mass. I lost more muscle/lean mass than fat over the month. In fact, I lost nearly FIVE times more muscle than fat. 0.758lbs fat vs 3.732lbs muscle. My diet also wasn’t quite as clean as it could have been. I ate out a lot more than usual, my alcohol consumption was up, and I wasn’t eating my vegetables. I did a reasonable job of staying away from processed foods.
I’ve always heard that a good diet is 80% of getting lean, and I agree. Even with my transgressions I managed to lose 4.5lbs. I would say that I ate “clean” about 75% of the time. I need to do a little better; and get some exercise to get the results I want.
The other day I was sitting in my living room reading a book when all of a sudden there was a loud bang. We have three cats, and one of them *loves* to nudge stuff off of tables and counters (I can’t tell you how many broken glasses and little decorative items we now have – sigh) so that was our first thought. Ok, naughty cat was sleeping on the chair, the other two were cuddled on a bed. Hmmm. Not a cat. Soon we lost interest in figuring out what happened – maybe it was the ice maker dropping cubes??
Later that day I noticed this:
Now, that’s kind of odd. Where did that big rip in the screen porch come from? It wasn’t there this morning… Well, what do we have here?
That’s one big fat clam. How did it get 3 stories in the air? I’ll tell you. A seagull picked it up and was looking for a hard place to drop it to crack it open. We see them doing it on the beach all the time. Sometimes you think you need a helmet out there. I don’t think he was anticipating it going into our screen porch. Damn seagull, now we have to do a repair.
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While I’m recovering from a very trying week that included a car accident that totaled my car, here’s a terrific video that everyone should watch. I know that eating more fruit, vegetables, and lean meats and fish have helped me to feel much better. Dr. Terry Wahls shares an amazing story about her recovery from a chronic crippling illness through dietary changes.